Devotion

Am I Being Selfish?

How many times do you tell yourself, “I’m not going to worry about anything today.”? Then within a matter of possibly seconds your mind starts whirling, the “How will I’s”, the “What if’s,” and the ever popular, “How am I ever…”.

I must admit, as hard as I try and as many times as I go to God and tell Him, “Okay Jesus today is the big day I stop worrying and totally trust you”, I too get these bothersome thoughts.

The Greek word, Merimnao means: to be anxious, to be troubled with cares and to look out for one’s own interests.

Hmm? When we worry about finances, our health, our children’s health and what will become of us in the future, are we being selfish? Should we not worry about these things? Aren’t these all serious worldly ideas to be concerned about every day?

Well, the Bible tells us “No”. Matthew 6:25-32 explains:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  

Continuing Matthew 6:33, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  As believers in Jesus Christ we are to put all our faith and trust in Him everyday for everything.

When we worry we are being selfish and also saying that we do not need the Savior we are claiming we believe in and call our Father. Ouch!

Oh how blessed we are that we have a loving, forgiving, and gracious God!

When those selfish, worrying thoughts start to trickle in there is a way out.

Confess our sins. Pray Psalm 139:23: “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” Tell God exactly what you are worrying about. He already knows, but when we tell Him we feel so much better.

God will forgive us: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4)

We can be certain that absolutely nothing will ever separate us from our loving Father, who by the way, loved us first! Romans 8:39 reminds us of this Truth: “No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Finally, we can replace our anxious, worrisome thoughts with praises of thanksgiving from our hearts to our Heavenly Father who we have put ALL our Trust that He IS ALL SUFFICIENT!.

As our verse of the day reminds us, “We will have no fear of bad news OUR HEARTS ARE STEADFAST, TRUSTING IN THE LORD!” (my emphasis!)

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

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Verse of the Day

Waiting With Hope

Heavenly Father I come to you today asking that this virus that is infecting millions across the globe be completely eradicated from their bodies, Lord. I pray they will be healed fully and restored to health. Be with all of those treating the sick and keep them well. Your word tells us that you are in control, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ” (Psalm 46:1) Father I pray that our fears and anxieties be released to you in your safe arms where we know there is a bright hope coming. We wait expectantly for you. Until then Father, help us to find peace and joy in our circumstances. The media is bringing us the doom and gloom of this horrible virus, and it is terrible. But I know Father, we can, through your strength, bring hope and love to our world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!

Please leave your prayer request or your prayer for today in the comments.

Devotion

Five Bible Verses To Love Like Jesus

on the contrary_ “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”[b

It’s the last Wednesday in February friend and that means this is the last post on my series on love.  Today let’s dive into what love is, it trusts, protects, hopes, perseveres,  and as 1 Corinthians 13 8 a reminds us, “Love never fails”.

I have been listening on Audible to Bob Goff’s book, “Everybody Always, Becoming Love in a World Full of Setback and Difficult People”.  I love how he tells the stories of all the amazing people he has met and their adventures.  I mention his book one because I think everyone should read it,and because it is a beautiful example of when we follow Jesus’ example of Love, it really never fails.  I gave you a link to his book below (don’t worry, as always, I get nothing for promoting the book, I have never met Bob Goff, I would love too, though, he is  super interesting , hilarious ,and has so much wisdom and knowledge on how we should live to follow Jesus.)

To end our series on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 I am leaving you with five Bible verses that remind us that Love with a capital L, God, can always be trusted, He will always protect us, we can always hope and persevere in Him and He will never fail us.

Precious friend, this is the Love of 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8, the love of Christ.  When the people and circumstances of this world hurt and disappoint us, when we feel unloved or we have wronged another, the amazing and never-ending love of Christ is always there for us.  As Lysa Terkeurst says, “We steer where we stare”.  Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, friend and love as he has taught us to love.

 

 

Psalm 13 5

 

deuteronnomy 31 6

Isaiah 40 31

Romans 15 5

Romans 5 8

Everybody Always By Bob Goff

 

Join me the third Wednesday in March for The Lion and The Lamb!  And be on the look out for a new segment “Living The Joy”

Until then

Look Up, Let Go, Live Joy!